“I focus on empowering others to take ownership of their feelings, physical health, and self-care routines.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My therapy practice began after many years of working with individuals and families, and interfacing with a plethora of mental health and health service agencies in New York City. Throughout my work, I found that large, traditional mental health companies were not treating the “whole” person—including people’s lifestyles, relationships, and thought patterns. So, I embarked on a mission to create a practice that helps individuals pursue overall health and wellness, with an emphasis on increasing confidence and minimizing negative thoughts that lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety.
What should someone know about working with you?
I focus on empowering others to take ownership of their feelings, physical health, and self-care routines. Together, we work through historical, cultural, and psychological factors that may be contributing to current life circumstances. Although we achieve this primarily through traditional talk therapy methods, I am a big believer in providing resources such as books, podcasts, articles, and workbooks, so that learning and progress can continue outside of sessions.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
It takes a village! We are a species that thrives on connection. I love interfacing with other professionals, such as psychiatrists, nutritionists, spiritual advisors, community advocates, and many more, in order to enhance my clients’ feelings of connectivity and growth.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is a unique and profound experience—one that requires vulnerability and honesty, which are often very uncomfortable to engage in. But transformation cannot occur in stagnation. It requires action and openness, and it requires feeling fearful but doing it anyway. We are usually told that strength is in toughness, in hiding, in suppressing, and in keeping it together through our suffering. This is simply not true. Strength is found in vulnerability, in asking for support, and in self-reflection. Hesitation is absolutely understandable—and it takes courage to reach out for help in the face of that hesitation.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the changes in stigma around mental health. There is a palpable cultural shift, especially within younger communities, whereby therapy is seen as proactive and necessary self-care instead of the shame-based definition of yesteryear. I love being a part of this evolution!
“Therapy is a unique and profound experience—one that requires vulnerability and honesty, which are often very uncomfortable to engage in.”